Approved: 06.01.2015

Gareth Griffiths MRBS

Artist

Approved: 06.01.2015

Gareth is a Welsh Sculptor originally from Holywell, North Wales. He studied sculpture at Bretton Hall college – (University of Leeds) graduating in 2002, and then subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Design from Leeds Metropolitan in 2004,

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    Gareth is a Welsh Sculptor originally from Holywell, North Wales. He studied sculpture at Bretton Hall college – (University of Leeds) graduating in 2002, and then subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Design from Leeds Metropolitan in 2004,

    Gareth also became a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2015.

    Since graduating Gareth was shortlisted for the prestigious Welsh young artist of the year award for the national Eisteddfod, he then took part in a various shows including Collect gallery, Liverpool (2003), White-wall Gallery, Leeds (2004), Whitehall waterfront Gallery, Leeds (2006) and was included in the Liverpool Biennale in 2008 and had work on show in different locations across the city including Tate Liverpool.

    Gareth was also invited to discuss my art work on Pnawan da a welsh language S4C day time TV show in 2003 and was invited to talk about his Manchester United commission on a Welsh language football radio show called Ar y Marc in 2012.

    Recently he has had work on exhibition in Prague, and was also shortlisted for a large public sculpture in Corino in Turin Italy.

    He has also been included in outdoor exhibitions at Birtley House in Guilford, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire as well as Tarpey Gallery in Castle Donington and the Walker Galleries in Harrogate.

    Recently Gareth has created a series of works for Michael O’hare’s restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds.   

    Gareth’s Sculpture is based on American west coast architecture called Googie.

    Googie architecture was born of the post-WWII car-culture and thrived in the 1950s and 1960s. Bold angles, colourful signs, plate glass, sweeping cantilevered roofs and pop-culture imagery captured the attention of drivers on adjacent streets. Bowling alleys looked like tomorrow land, Coffee shops looked like something in a Jetsons cartoon. For decades, many "serious" architects decried Googie as frivolous or crass. But today we recognize how perfectly its form followed its function.

    CV & Education

    Education:     

    Leeds Metropolitan University  - MA Design - 2004

    Bretton Hall (University of Leeds) - BA(hons) Fine Art Sculpture - 1999- 2002

                                                         

    Commissions:            

    2011 - Tile mosaic - Manchester United’s dressing room

    2007 - painting - Countess of Chester A&E department 

                  

    Exhibitions:

    2015 - The Man Behind The Curtain - Leeds

    2015 - Annual Sculpture Exhibition - Mount Pleasant Gardens - Cheshire

    2015 - Art of Construction - Sculpt Gallery - Essex

    2015 - Summer Exhibition - Sculpt Gallery - Essex 

    2015 - Sculpture Garden - Tarpey Gallery

    2015 - Art in the Graden 2015 - Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Hampshire

    2015 - The Sculpture Garden - Birtley House - Surrey                       

    2015 - Walker Art Galleries - Harrogate 

    2014 - Devoted To Gallery - Redbrick Mill - Batley

    2013 - The Yorkshire Artist 5 - Leeds Gallery Leeds

    2012 - A Sculpture for Corino - Turin - Italy

    2011 - Something about to happen - Skolska 28 - Prague

    2008 - Liverpool Biennial -   Tate Liverpool

                                                                   Lewis's Liverpool

                                                                   Clayton Square, Liverpool

    2008 - Sculpture @ Trinity Church, Leeds (solo Show)

    2006 - Invigilate me! - Whitehall waterfront gallery Leeds 

    2006 - The Great Art Fair - Alexandra Palace - London

    2006 - Leeds Design Innovation Centre - Leeds 

    2005 - Exposure Gallery - Swansea

    2004 - White Wall Gallery - Leeds

    2003 - Interface, Collect Gallery - Liverpool  

    1998 - Bursary Exhibition - Pietrasanta (Italy) & Wrexham (Wales)

     

    prize:       

    2015 - Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors              

    2003 - Shortlisted for young Welsh artist of the year (National Eisteddfod)

    1998 - Art bursary to go to Italy

     

    media:

    2012 - Ar y Marc blog BBC Wales (welsh)

    2012 - Ar y Marc radio show BBC Wales (Welsh)

    2003 - Pnawn da - S4C tv guest appearance (welsh)